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Tejashwi Yadav’s bodyguards manhandle mediapersons, BJP seeks action

A large number of mediapersons gathered at the old secretariat for comments from Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who stepped out for the first time since the CBI raided his premises.

cities Updated: Jul 13, 2017 09:07 IST
Subhash Pathak
Subhash Pathak
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav surrounded by mediapersons, in Patna, on Wednesday. (AP Dube/HT Photo)

Bodyguards of deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav manhandled mediapersons at the state secretariat on Wednesday while they were trying to get his comments on the ongoing political turmoil triggered by the CBI raid on his residence.

The incident took place at the entrance of old secretariat when Yadav was about to board his vehicle after attending the cabinet meeting, the first since CBI named him an accused in the ‘land-for-hotels case’ in its FIR.

While some bodyguards shouldered away the posse of cameramen to pave the way for Tejaswhi, one of them held a cameraman by his neck and began punching him. The cameraman was saved by the intervention of some senior mediapersons, even as the deputy chief minister looked on.

A large number of mediapersons, mostly of electronic channel, had gathered at the old secretariat for comments from Tejashwi, who stepped out for the first time since the CBI raided his premises and the JD(U) mounted pressure on him to resign.

A section of mediapersons were misbehaved with by RJD workers in front of former chief minister Rabri Devi’s residence, 10, Circular Road, when the CBI raided it last Friday.

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav surrounded by mediapersons after the cabinet meeting in Patna on Wednesday. (Subhash Pathak/HT Photo)

RJD spokesman Manoj Kumar Jha said he was pained to know that mediapersons were misbehaved with by Tejashwi’s security personnel, deputed by the special branch. “I condemn the act,” he said.

BJP, on the other hand, asked chief minister Nitish Kumar to act against the special branch officers, who manhandled media persons.

A senior police officer tasked with security of the old secretariat claimed that the special branch officers reacted when mediapersons indulged in a ruckus in front of the deputy CM, who wanted to speak to them.

“There was a huge crowd of mediapersons and they began to fight one another to come close to Tejashwi. The situation went out of control when Tejashwi somehow managed to reach the stairs. Some had also broken some of flowers vases kept at the entrance,” he said.

Meanwhile, principal secretary, cabinet secretariat, Brijesh Mehrotra said the cabinet briefing would henceforth take place in the PRD office near the new secretariat, which is about half a kilometre from the old secretariat, due to the ruckus created by media persons.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 21:46 IST